The UN Is Concerned About The Situation In The Rukban Camp
The UN is deeply concerned about the situation in the Rukban refugee camp in Syria due to the lack of food and medical assistance, an official from the press office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) David Swanson.
"The UN remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Rubin. Families live in tents and are exposed to harsh weather conditions. The amount of fuel is limited, and families often resort to burning unsafe materials, such as garbage, to get heat. The level of food shortage is high, medical services are not provided enough," Swanson said.
He noted that the camp's residents still have access to water supplies provided by the UN.
"Access to the UN-supported medical clinic on the Jordanian side of the border was unfortunately closed in March due to border closures and measures imposed by the Jordanian government in connection with COVID-19," Swanson added.
He stressed that so far no cases of COVID-19 infection have been registered in the camp.
"As long as civilians remain in Rukban, the UN will continue to advocate for full access for regular humanitarian assistance, including obtaining the necessary security guarantees for humanitarian personnel," Swanson said.
Earlier, as reported in a joint statement of the interdepartmental coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and Syria, given the critical humanitarian situation in the Rukban refugee camp and in order to study the real situation with the spread of COVID-19 in it, the Syrian Foreign Ministry sent an official request to the UN to conduct an assessment medical mission in the camp.
The Rukban camp sprang up on the Syrian-Jordanian border in 2014 after Amman closed the border due to security concerns. The surrounding area is controlled by illegal armed groups, which has created a difficult humanitarian situation in the camp. The camp is located in a 55-kilometer zone controlled by the US military base in the area of the settlement of Al-TANF at the junction of the borders of Syria, Iraq, and Jordan.